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Intercountry adoption fees

The Scottish Government began charging for intercountry adoption services from 1 January 2013.

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Intercountry adoptions into Scotland

Each year a number of people in Scotland choose to adopt from overseas. The process is similar to that involved in a domestic adoption, but there may be additional restrictions or requirements depending on the country from which the child originates.

Please note that if you are considering adopting a child from overseas you should contact your local authority's adoption division or another registered adoption agency in the first instance. The Scottish Government does not advise potential applicants.

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